The Rockers ended up winning 19-8, as Wayne Gretzky joined them for the second period. OK, just joking.
It was actually Wangersky.
That, too, was a fib.
Now that my nose is longer than the Northern Peninsula because of such lies...the NHLers actually captured this years Juno Cup with a 9-8 win at the Jack Byrne Arena. The damage could have been a lot worse, obviously, as the ex-pros played their musical opponents like instruments. After the match, it was neither a hockey player nor someone from the music industry that got the most autograph requests.
That distinction belonged to Allan Hawco. The Republic of Doyle star stayed on the ice long after the final buzzer signing programs and ticket stubs. (To see what he thought of that, click here.) He appeared somewhat humbled by his popularity.
Some thoughts on the game:
* Rex Goudie isn't a bad goalie.
* Jon Gallant of Billy Talent has some, well, talent.
* Former NHL enforcer Troy Crowder 433 penalty minutes in just 150 games is a big man.
* So is country singer George Canyon.
To hear one of my favourite NHL players of all time talk retirement and roots, click here.
To see who a TSN host thinks will win the Stanley Cup, watch this.
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After a skills competition and sing-off, the game is knotted at six. The Rockers won all three skills competitions to take a 6-5 lead, but ex-NHLer Mark Napier beat Jim Cuddy in a sing-off (based on audience applause). Cuddy sang the Blue Rodeo classic Try at centre ice. Napier then joked he had never heard a Blue Rodeo song, so he had to get the words off the internet. The former Montreal Canadien then sang his version of the tune, which he said was a sissy song and needed to be re-written. His version: Every time I come to the Rock, I can never be sure of the weather.
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The NHLers lead the Rockers 5-3 after the first period of the 2010 Juno Cup. Gary Roberts and Terry Ryan each have two goals for the ex-pros, while Andy Sullivan has one. Dominic Mancuso a singer/songwriter nominated for a Juno in the world music category has scored twice for the Rockers. Jim Cuddy also has a goal, beating hot goaltender Rex Goudie on a penalty shot. For much of the first period, the NHLers put on a passing clinic. The teams are now battling in a skills competition.
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The puck has dropped on the 2010 Juno Cup and former NHL star Gary Roberts scored the first goal seconds in.
The line-ups were announced by Michael Landsberg, host of TSN's Off The Record.
He's also doing play-by-play.
The NHL Greats include Roberts, Tony Currie, Darren Langdon, Terry Ryan, Harold Druken, Andrew McKim, Troy Crowder, Brad Dalgarno, Andy Sullivan, Greg Smyth, Mark Napier and former Canadian Idol star Rex Goudie.
Goudie got actually got the loudest ovation.
The Rockers roster includes over 20 players. Among them are Jim Cuddy (Blue Rodeo), rapper Classified, Sean McCann (Great Big Sea), Allan Hawco (Republic of Doyle), John Gallant (Billy Talent), and country singer George Canyon.
Hawco recieved the loudest applause.
Alan Doyle is coaching the The Rockers.
Landsberg is encouraging Doyle, a goalie, to play the second half.